Zimbabwe mourns death of football icon Rahman Gumbo


Rahman Gumbo, a former Zimbabwe national football player and coach, has died at the age of 59, leaving the local football community in grief.

Rahman Gumbo
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Gumbo was a legend in Zimbabwe football, having been part of the celebrated Warriors squad, also known as the Dream Team, that dominated the regional scene in the early 1990s.

He also had a successful coaching career that spanned more than two decades, winning trophies with several clubs in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Malawi.

He was the head coach of Botswana Premier League side Morupule Wanderers until last week, when he was sacked.

Gumbo collapsed at his home in Palapye, Botswana on Thursday and died at a hospital in Francistown on Friday, according to local media reports.

His last coaching job in Zimbabwe was with TelOne, a Gweru-based club that was relegated from the Castle Lager Premiership in 2019.

He also coached some of the top clubs in Zimbabwe, such as Highlanders, CAPS United, FC Platinum and Chicken Inn, as well as teams in South Africa and Malawi.

He made history in 2010 when he led Township Rollers to the Botswana league title, becoming the first coach to win league titles in three different countries.

Gumbo also had three spells as the coach of the Zimbabwe national team, the Warriors, but was dismissed in 2005, 2012 and 2019 after poor results.

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